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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Conservation Minnesota

2004 Positions

Issues: Environment
State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 33%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 43%
MN State House 3A David Dill Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 4B Paul Marquart Democratic/Farmer/Labor 17%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 17%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 17%
MN State House 18A Dean Urdahl Republican 33%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 17%
MN State House 23B Tony Cornish Republican 33%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 28B Gregory Davids Republican 17%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 33%
MN State House 34B Kurt Zellers Republican 17%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 67%
MN State House 40A Michael Nelson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 40B Debra Hilstrom Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 41A Connie Bernardy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 47B Joe Hoppe Republican 50%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 52B Joseph Atkins Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 54B Denny McNamara Republican 33%
MN State House 55A Michael Beard Republican 33%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 17%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State House 61A Frank Hornstein Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State House 61B Paul Thissen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 63A Jim Davnie Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MN State House 66B John Lesch Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State House 67B Sheldon Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State Senate 4 Kent Eken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 5 Tom Saxhaug Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State Senate 10 Carrie Ruud Republican 43%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 17%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 43%
MN State Senate 17 Lyle Koenen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
MN State Senate 18 Scott Newman Republican 33%
MN State Senate 23 Julie Rosen Republican 43%
MN State Senate 25 David Senjem Republican 29%
MN State Senate 27 Daniel Sparks Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 17%
MN State Senate 32 Sean Nienow Republican 29%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 43%
MN State Senate 41 Barbara Goodwin Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MN State Senate 46 Ronald Latz Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State Senate 47 Julianne Ortman Republican 57%
MN State Senate 48 David Hann Republican 29%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State Senate 54 Katie Sieben Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
MN State Senate 61 D. Scott Dibble Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 71%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 86%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
Ron Abrams 50%
Ellen Anderson 71%
Irv Anderson 33%
William Belanger, Jr. 57%
Linda Berglin 57%
Donald Betzold 57%
Greg Blaine 17%
Francis Bradley 17%
Laura Brod 33%
Mark Buesgens 17%
Satveer Chaudhary 57%
Ray Cox 50%
Richard Day 43%
Chris DeLaForest 33%
Randy Demmer 17%
Jerry Dempsey 33%
Stephen Dille 29%
Dan Dorman 17%
John Dorn 50%
Robert Eastlund 17%
Matt Entenza 83%
Brad Finstad 17%
Leo Foley 71%
Dennis Frederickson 43%
David Gaither 43%
Mindy Greiling 83%
Bud Heidgerken 17%
Linda Higgins 86%
Bill Hilty 50%
John Hottinger 71%
Larry Howes 33%
Mike Jaros 83%
Dean Elton Johnson 71%
Debbie Johnson 43%
Jeff Johnson 33%
Al Juhnke 33%
Michael Jungbauer 43%
Steve Kelley 71%
Bob Kierlin 43%
Sheila Kiscaden 14%
Dave Kleis 43%
Karen Klinzing 33%
Jim Knoblach 17%
Paul Koering 43%
Paul Kohls 33%
Philip Krinkie 17%
Gary Kubly 57%
Keith Langseth 71%
Morrie Lanning 33%
Cal Larson 43%
Dan Larson 67%
Brian LeClair 29%
Bernard Lieder 33%
Becky Lourey 71%
Doug Magnus 17%
Sharon Marko 57%
Mike McGinn 43%
Doug Meslow 50%
Geoff Michel 43%
Mee Moua 86%
Steve Murphy 71%
Peter Nelson 67%
Thomas Neuville 43%
Gen Olson 29%
Mark Olson 17%
Joe Opatz 50%
Mary Otremba 50%
Mark Ourada 29%
Dennis Ozment 33%
Patricia Pariseau 43%
Maxine Penas 17%
Aaron Peterson 50%
Lawrence Pogemiller 71%
Duke Powell 33%
Jane Ranum 86%
Madelyn Reiter 57%
Claire Robling 57%
Tom Rukavina 33%
Connie Ruth 33%
Dallas Sams 57%
Char Samuelson 33%
Linda Scheid 57%
Marty Seifert 17%
Anthony Sertich 33%
Daniel Severson 17%
Dean Simpson 33%
Wesley Skoglund 57%
Nora Slawik 67%
Steve Smith 33%
Judy Soderstrom 33%
Loren Solberg 33%
Steven Sviggum 33%
Barbara Sykora 33%
Cy Thao 83%
Kathy Tingelstad 33%
Ray Vandeveer 33%
James Vickerman 57%
Neva Walker 83%
Lynn Wardlow 0%
Betsy Wergin 43%
Andrew Westerberg 33%
Tim Wilkin 17%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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